Saratoga County

Woman faces arson, insurance fraud charges after Moreau fire

She set the fires with her 5-year-old child present, officials say
Melissa R. LaPoint
Melissa R. LaPoint

MOREAU — A Moreau woman intentionally set fire to her apartment in August, with her child present, and then filed insurance claims for the damage, according to Saratoga County sheriff’s officials.

Melissa R. LaPoint, 39, of 35 Spier Falls Road, faces one count each of second-degree arson and first-degree reckless endangerment and two counts of third-degree insurance fraud, all felonies.

The charges stem from an Aug. 16 fire at the Sisson Reserve Apartments in Moreau, officials said. LaPoint is accused of starting multiple fires in her apartment that damaged the building and a vehicle, officials said.

She is accused of doing so with multiple people present in the building, including her 5-year-old child, officials said. No injuries were reported.

LaPoint also faces one count of second-degree criminal mischief, a felony, related to the damage.

If convicted of arson, LaPoint would face up to 25 years in state prison.

She was arraigned and ordered held on bail. 

The Saratoga County Cause and Origin Team and the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control Arson Bureau assisted.

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